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Old 08-20-2002, 07:42 PM
Beruang Beruang is offline
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Spain and gold

In this column:

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_437.html

Cecil neglects one pertinent fact: from 1519 to 1659, Hapsburg Spain was almost constantly at war -- with France, with the Netherlands, with the Ottoman Turks, with Protestant Germany, with whomever. This of course was a significant drain on resources.

I learn this from Paul Kennedy's "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers," which Cecil recommends here:

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_437.html
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Old 08-22-2002, 11:12 AM
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So, what, you're saying they spent it? All of it? [voice rises to an outraged squeak] The same way, when I ask my kid what he did with the money I just gave him, he says, "I spent it"?

Well, I hope they're happy with their purchases, is all I can say. What'd they buy, anyway--42,682,793 sets of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and a CD player?
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